cthb-banner.jpg

The primary goal of the CTHB is to promote the health of trees native to South Africa through the use of biotechnology. To accomplish this, CTHB projects typically consider the pathogens and pests that are associated with native trees and woody hosts. The CTHB also explores the possible effects that factors such as climate change, society, natural forest health and plant genetics may have on the health of native woody resources and ecosystems.

The CTHB is hosted by the Forestry and Agricultural Biotechnology Institute (FABI) at the University of Pretoria. Within FABI it is intimately linked to the Tree Protection Cooperative Programme (TPCP), a research programme that has a track record of more than two decades in dealing with the pests and diseases of commercially important forestry species.

The CTHB is structured as a virtual Centre of Excellence that conducts scientific research via a collaborative network, with the node of the network represented by researchers at UP. In addition to the UP group, this network involves researchers and their postgraduate students from other Higher Education Institutions in South Africa. These institutions include the Agricultural Research Council, University of Stellenbosch, University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, University of the Free State and Rhodes University.

New Publications

Exporting to RIS
Pavlic-Zupanc D, Wingfield MJ, Boissin E, Slippers B. (2015) The distribution of genetic diversity in the Neofusicoccum parvum/N. ribis complex suggests structure correlated with level of disturbance. Fungal Ecology 13:93-102. 10.1016/j.funeco.2014.09.002
Rodas CA, Serna R, Hurley BP, Bolaños MD, Granados GM, Wingfield MJ. (2015) Three new and important insect pests recorded for the first time in Colombian plantations. Southern Forests: a Journal of Forest Science 10.2989/20702620.2014.965983
Romón P, De Beer ZW, Fernández M, Diez J, Wingfield BD, Wingfield MJ. (2014) Ophiostomatoid fungi including two new fungal species associated with pine root-feeding beetles in northern Spain. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 10.1007/s10482-014-0286-1
Osorio JA, Wingfield MJ, Roux J. (2014) A review of factors associated with decline and death of mangroves, with particular reference to fungal pathogens. South African Journal of Botany 10.1016/j.sajb.2014.08.010

FABI Events

2014-10-31 08h30 GRI Seminar Day FABI seminar room File

For participants in research projects supported by the Genomics Research Institute. Programme attached. For enquiries, contact Yashini Naidoo.

2014-11-06 08h30 Student Seminars FABI seminar room
Chairperson: Chrizelle Beukes
Andrea Wilson - Unisexual reproduction in Huntiella moniliformis
Birhan Abate - Title pending
Samantha Bush - Host specificity of the parasitoid Psyllaephagus bliteus Riek (Hymenoptera: Encyrtidae
Katrin Fitza - A global population genetic analysis of Deladenus siricidicola